Rick Kennedy
Department of History and Political Science
Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-849-2537  Email: rickkennedy@pointloma.edu


Professor of History, 1997 – present (Tenure:2002).
Associate Professor of History, Point Loma Nazarene College, 1996-1997
Visiting Associate Professor of History, Point Loma Nazarene College, 1995-1996.
Associate Professor of History, Indiana University Southeast, 1993-1996 (Tenure: 1993).
Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University Southeast, 1987-1993.
Lecturer in History, Santa Barbara City College, 1987.            
Assistant Lecturer in American Cultural History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1986-87.
Assistant Lecturer and Program Assistant for University of California, Education at Home Program, The
   College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg, Winter, 1986.
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983-86.


University of California, Santa Barbara B.A. 1980, M.A. 1983, Ph.D. 1987.                            
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1976-1978.                   


Thy Patriarch's Desire: Thomas and William Brattle in Puritan Massachusetts (University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987).

Scholarly Publications:


John and Acts, vol. 8 in Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana, 10 vols. Reiner Smolinski, general editor.  This project is in process with co-editor Harry Clark Maddux.  We introduce, transcribe, and edit Cotton Mather’s manuscript commentary on these two books of the Bible. To be published in 2016 jointly by Mohr Siebeck in Tubingen, Germany and Baker Academic in Grand Rapids, MI.  

A History of Reasonableness: Testimony and Authority in the Art of Thinking  (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2004).

Student Notebooks at Colonial Harvard: Manuscripts and Educational Practice, 1650-1740, co-written with Thomas Knoles and Lucia Zaucha Knoles (Worchester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 2003). 

Aristotelian and Cartesian Logic at Harvard: Morton's "System of Logick" and Brattle's "Compendium of Logick" (Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts and Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995). This book begins with a 138-page introduction followed by transcriptions of two seventeenth-century manuscript logic textbooks.


“Historians as Flower Pickers and Honey Bees:  Cotton Mather and the Commonplace-Book Tradition of History”  in Cotton Mather and Biblia Americana—America’s First Bible Commentary  edited by Reiner Smolinski and Jan Stievermann (Tübingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, and Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2010).

"Faith, the Conference on Faith and History, and Aristotelian Historiography," Fides et Historia 41 (2009): 1-21.  

“Increase Mather’s Catechismus Logicus: A Translation and an Analysis of the Role of a Ramist Catechism at Harvard,” co-authored with Thomas Knoles,  Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 109 (1999): 145-181.

“Increase Mather’s Catechismus Logicus (1675), translated and edited by Rick Kennedy and Thomas Knoles, Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 109 (1999): 183-223.

“Faith and History: Toward a Better Understanding of Balancing of Likelihoods,” Fides et Historia, 29 (1997): 66-73.
"Miracles in the Dock: A Critique of the Historical Profession's Special Treatment of Alleged Spiritual Events," Fides et Historia, 26 (1994): 7-22.

"The Application of Mathematics to Christian Apologetics in Pascal's Pensées and Arnauld's The Port-Royal Logic,"  Fides et Historia, 23 (1991): 37-52. 

"The Alliance Between Puritanism and Cartesian Logic at Harvard," Journal of the History of Ideas, 51 (1990): 549-572.  Reprinted in The American Enlightenment, ed. Frank Shuffelton (Rochester NY: University of Rochester Press, 1993), 3-26, vol. 11 in the Library of the History of Ideas, series ed. John W. Yolton.

"Thomas Brattle and the Provincialism of New England Science, 1690-1720," The New England Quarterly, 63 (1990): 584-600

"Thomas Brattle: A Mathematician-Architect in the Transition of the New England Mind, 1690-1700," Winterthur Portfolio, 24 (1989): 231-245.

Journal Editing:

Co-editor of Charting Our Destiny: U.S. Coast Survey in the Pacific 1807-2007 a double issue of Mains’l Haul: A Journal of Pacific Maritime History 42: 2 & 3 (Spring/Summer 2006).

Associate editor for History: Christian Scholar’s Review (2001-2004).

Founding editor and co-editor: Thresholds: The Journal of the Graduate Students Association, University of California, Santa Barbara, I (1985), II (1986), III (1987).

Encyclopedia Essays:

“Henry Flynt” in Dictionary of Early American Philosophers (London: Continuum, to be published in 2010).

"Cotton Mather," "Reason," "Thomas Brattle," and "William Brattle" in Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment (London:  Continuum, to be published in 2010).

"Humanisic Logic Textbooks," Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy,, 4 vols. (London: Thommes, 2006) due to a mistake with the first printing, my 4000 word essay  will be included in the second printing.

“Philosophy from Puritanism to the Enlightenment,” Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, Mary Kupiec Cayton and Peter Williams, editors (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2001),  I. 87-96.

“Thomas Brattle,”  “William Brattle,”  “Benjamin Colman,”  “Thomas Coram,”  “Thomas Foxcroft,”  “Isaac Greenwood,”  “Andrew Oliver,” and  “Thomas Robie”  in  American National Biography, John A. Garraty, general editor (24 vols., New  York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
"Charles Bulfinch," The Encyclopedia of Urban America (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 1998).

“Alexander Hamilton,” and “George Whitefield” in Dictionary of Eighteenth Century British Philosophers, John W. Yolton and John Valdimir Price, executive editors (Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press, 1999).

"Thomas Underwood Dudley," The Kentucky Encyclopedia (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1992).

Review Essays:

“Thinking about Heaven,” a review essay of Jeffrey Burton Russell's Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It (Oxford); Randy Alcorn's Heaven (Tyndale); and John Saward's Sweet and Blessed Country: The Christian Hope for Heaven (Oxford) for Books & Culture, to be published.

“The Sacred Calling of History,” an introduction to articles on “Working at the Spiritual Edges of Historical Problems: Jeffrey Burton Russell,” Fides et Historia, 35:2 (2003): 1-6.

“Jeffrey Burton Russell: An Appreciation of a Career on the Edge of the Profession,” Historically Speaking  3 (April, 2002): 17-19.

“Response to The Missing Peace: The Search for Nonviolent Alternatives in United States History,” Fides et Historia 34 (2002): 10-15.

“Creating Credibility with Submerged Assumptions in the Scientific Revolution,” Fides et Historia, 31 (1998): 89-97.

Book Reviews:

Seeing Things Their Way: Intellectual History and The Return of Religion edited by Alister Chapman, John Coffey, and Brad S. Gregory in Christian Scholars Review   ?? (2010)

Christianity and the Transformation of the Book: Origen, Eusebius, and the Library of Caesarea by Anthony Grafton and Megan Williams and What Was History? The Art of History in Early Modern Europe by Anthony Grafton in Fides et Historia 40:2 (2008): 79-82.

Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith by Daniel J. Cohen in Church History 77:1 (2008): 191-93.

Religion and Politics in the United States by Kenneth D. Wald in Journal of Church and State (2005).

Philosophy, Dissent and Nonconformity: 1689-1920 by Alan P.F. Sell in Church History, 73:4 (2004): 872-73.

The Coast Mappers by Taylor Morrison in Santana: The Sailor's Magazine, 19: 6 (June 2004), 46-47.

For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-hunts, and the End of Slavery by Rodney Stark in Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology, (2004).

Pierre Bayle’s Reformation: Conscience and Criticism on the Eve of the Enlightenment by Barbara Sher Tinsley in Church History, 71 (2002): 205.

Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment by Leigh Eric Schmidt in Anglican Theological Review, 83 (2001): 897-98.

Enthusiasm and Enlightenment in Europe, 1650-1850 edited by Lawrence E. Klein and Anthony J. La Vopa in Church History, 69 (2000):188-90.                           

Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century England: Theological Debate from Locke to Burke by B. W. Young in Church History, 68 (1999): 469-71.

A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England by Steven Shapin in Fides et Historia, 27 (1995): 94-95.

The Christian Philosopher by Cotton Mather, ed. and intro. by Winton U. Solberg in Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 71 (1995): 46-47.

The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Unbelief by George M. Marsden in Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 71 (1995): 44-46.

Gehennical Fire: The Lives of George Starkey, an American Alchemist in the Scientific Revolution by William R. Newman in The New England Quarterly, 68 (1995): 312-314.                                            

Artifacts, Art Works, and Agency by Randall R. Dipert in Winterthur Portfolio, 29 (1995): 207-209 .

Before Newton: The Life and Times of Issac Barrow by Mordechai Feingold in Church History, 63 (June 1994): 288-290.

Testimony: A Philosophical Study by C.A.J. Coady in Fides et Historia, 25 (Fall, 1994): 109-110.

The American Deists: Visions of Reason and Dissent in the Early Republic ed. and intro. by Kerry S. Walter in Newletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 65 (June, 1993): 40-41.

"Beyond Reasonable Doubt" and "Probable Cause": Historical Perspectives on the Anglo-American Law of Evidence by Barbara Shapiro in Fides et Historia, 24 (Fall, 1993): 136-137.
The Young Jonathan Edwards: A Reconstruction by William Sparkes Morris in Newletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 62 (June, 1992): 23-26.

A Sense of Deity:The Republican Spirtuality of Dr. Benjamin Rush by John M. Kloos Jr. in Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 62 (June, 1992): 22-23.

John Dewey: Religious Faith and Democratic Humanism by Steven C. Rockefeller in Religious Studies Review, (1992). 

The Hutterian People: Ritual Rebirth in the Evolution of Communal Life by Peter H. Stephenson in Religious Studies Review, (1992).

Elihu Palmer's "Principles of Nature" text and commentary by Kerry S. Walters in Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 57 (November 1990): 12.

Princeton and the Republic by Mark Noll in Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 55 (June 1990): 25-27.

The Riddle of Amish Culture by Donald B. Kraybill in Religious Studies Review, 16 (April 1990): 176.

Charles Scott and the Spirit of '76 by Harry M. Ward in The Filson Club Historical Quarterly, 63 (April 1989): 279-80.

Campus by Paul Venable Turner in The Public Historian, 7 (Fall 1985): 106-8.

Publications to Serve Teaching and/or Local Community:

Faith and Humility in Classical and Christian Liberal Arts  (seeking publisher)

Chapel on the San Luis Rey: The Enduing Congregation of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians,  co-written with Kevin deFreitas (to be published in 2010 through a subsidy of the Rincon Indian Reservation).

Jesus, History, and Mount. Darwin: An Academic Excursion (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock  2008; Cambridge, UK: Lutterworth Press, 2008).

 Faith at State: Handbook for a Christian in a Secular University (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995,  reprint Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2002).


“Early English Colonization Efforts, c1584-1630,” in Events that Changed America Through the Seventeenth Century, ed. Frank Thackeray & John Findling (New York: Greenwood Press, 2000), 59-71.

“Early European-Native American Encounters, 1607-1637,” co-author Kathleen Perdisatt in Events that Changed America Through the Seventeenth Century, ed Frank Thackeray & John Findling (New York: Greenwood Press, 2000), 75-87.

“The Founding of Jamestown,”  in Events that Changed the World in the Seventeenth Century, ed. Frank Thackeray & John Findling (New York: Greenwood Press, 1999), 45-59.

“The American Revolution, 1775-1789,” in Events that Changed the World in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Frank Thackeray & John Findling (New York: Greenwood Press, 1998), 120-135.

“The Declaration of Independence,” in Events that Changed America in the Eighteenth Century, ed. John Findling and Frank Thackeray (New York: Greenwood Press, 1997), 100-113.


“The Conference on Faith and History,” Perspectives in History: Magazine of the American Historical Association (March, 2010).

“The Great Otter Battle of Carrington Point,” Latitude 38, 369 (April 2008), 371 (May 2008).

“Spring Break in the Saronic Gulf,” Latitude 38, 349 (July 2006): 189-194.

"Trusting Herodotus about Ancient Women,"  Historically Speaking: 6:6 (July/August 2005): 9-10.

"The Case of the Remembered Fact," Newsletter of the Conference on Faith and History (2004).

"Remembering the Resurrection," Modern Reformation 13:2 (March/April, 2004):40-42, 47.

"Two Years Before the Mast in Ten Days on the Californian," Santana: The Sailor's Magazine: 18:12 (December 2003): 23-27.

"World Institutions Consider Apologies," The San Diego Union Tribune, March 19, 2000.

"A History of Thanksgiving: How it Came to Be a Holiday of Hope," The San Diego Union Tribune, Nov. 28, 1996.
Used as basis of comments with "Presidential Historians" on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS, November 26, 1999
(transcript: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec99/thanksgiving_11-25.html).

"A Third Decade for Pope John Paul II, Leader of a Global Church," The San Diego Union Tribune, October 16, 1998.

"The 100th Birthday of Dorothy Day," The Point (PLNC Newspaper), November 10, 1997.

"The Divine Calling of Mother Teresa," The San Diego Union Tribune, September 9, 1997.

"July 2, 1776: Independence Day," The San Diego Union Tribune, July 2, 1997.

Thurgood Marshall: "An Anchor for those who may Drift," The San Diego Union Tribune, February 2, 1997.

"Campus Reforms to Improve Student Retention," The IUS Horizon, April 11, 1995.

"A Tradition for Non-Traditional Students," The IUS Horizon, October 9, 1990.

"Lincoln and Civil Rights," Corydon Democrat, February 12, 1990.

"Jefferson and the Education Summit," The IUS Horizon, October 3, 1989.

"G. Washington, Farmer," Corydon Democrat, February 22, 1989; revised version in San Diego Union Tribune, February 22, 1998.

"The University is Like a Well," Plumbline, 15 (September 1987): 22-23, reprinted from an editorial in Thresholds, III (1987): 5-11.

"P.H.: Private Historian," Thresholds, III (1987): 74-79, reprinted from Friday Magazine of the Daily Nexus, May 18, 1984.

"Teaching and the Hidden University," Thresholds, II (1986): 5-9.

"The Community of the University," Thresholds, I (1985): 5-10.

"Truth and Education," Law, Gods, and Heroes: Thematic Readings in Early Western History, ed. H. A. Drake and J. W. Leedom (Santa Barbara: 1985), 15-16, reprinted by Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1994.

"Unified Diversity at the University," Daily Nexus, January 29, 1985.

"John Henry Newman, Henry Adams, and Albert Einstein: Mining History for Lasting Values," Thresholds, I (1985): 66-79.

Elected Positions:

President, Conference on Faith and History (2008-2010)

PLNU Faculty Council (2007-2008)

Department Chair (2005-2008)

Vice President/President-Elect, Conference on Faith and History (2006-2008)

Executive Board, Conference on Faith and History (2000-2004)

President, Conference on Faith and History, Far West Chapter (1996-97)

Department Coordinator (1992-94)

Graduate Student Commencement Speaker (1987)